Prevention Science

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Prevention science is a framework for research focused on preventing and/or mitigating behavioral and health challenges and increasing resiliency. The prevention science work at FPG draws from a diverse range of disciplines—including the behavioral, social, psychological, and neuro sciences—to understand the origins of social problems at the individual, community, and societal levels. Prevention strategies focus on ways to intervene before a problem emerges or worsens, avoiding adverse outcomes and their costs, and enhancing conditions conducive to healthy child and adolescent development, good mental and physical health, and strong families and communities.

Featured Publication

Published in the Journal of Community Psychology, "Community Capacity Coach: Embedded Support to Implement Evidenced-Based Prevention" discusses the impact of introducing the role of a Community Capacity Coach, who lives in the local community and is responsible for bridging gaps between the local community and statewide support systems, on the implementation of Triple P.

Featured Project

Embedding Mental Health Consultation Within Prenatal Home Visiting to Prevent Child Maltreatment and Violence Exposure is a collaboration with the Rhode Island Department of Health that innovates on a home visiting program. With a focus on a high-risk population, the project goal is to prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) exposure among infants.

Featured Person

Diana Fishbein, PhD, is director of Translational Neuro-Prevention Research at FPG. Her studies use transdisciplinary methods and a developmental approach to understanding interactions between neurobiological processes and environmental factors. She is founding director of the National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives.

Current Projects

The NCIC-TP project is a collaborative effort to help counties in NC successfully and sustainably implement the Triple P system of interventions. The project began in 2014 with a two year implementation evaluation of Triple P. Data from that evaluation, along with emerging evidence from implementation science and best practice, is the foundation of the information, learning, and implementation support resources offered by NCIC-TP to NC counties interested in or currently scaling-up Triple P.
The current project is designed to improve outcomes of juvenile justice youth who have been incarcerated or under community supervision. The Impact Center at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute will provide implementation science and active implementation support training and technical assistance for local juvenile justice jurisdictions to improve their outcomes for youth in confinement and under community supervision.
The Impact Center at FPG's Implementation Capacity for Triple P (ICTP) projects are currently supporting the scale-up and expansion of Triple P System of Interventions in North and South Carolina.